Posts tagged “Landscape

Juxtaposition (Two Photographs)

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Juxtaposition can sometimes be all you need to tell as story; it’s a form of contrast. Here we have an old Totem Pole on an island in the Ottawa River and in the background Government Buildings in Gatineau, Quebec. It certainly says more than some of the temporary exhibits on the history of Canada installed for Canada’s 150th Anniversary.


Inventive Risk (Three Photographs)

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These photographs have nothing in common except my desire to take some liberties in processing. In the first, the forced perspective (unusual juxtaposition) of the live subjects and the memorial to 1815 just caught my fancy and the B&W added some drama. The second photo in color reminded me of old-time double exposures with date expired film. In facts it’s a reflection in a window. The B&W reminds me of the old high contrast Tri-X film. Sometimes it’s worth going beyond the boundaries and taking an inventive risk for the hell of it.


Manual (Two Photographs)

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I have been trying Auto-ISO with my camera in manual exposure mode, thus whatever aperture or shutter speed I choose; the camera adjusts the ISO. This allows me to more quickly and easily shift to a high shutter speed for birds in flight or a smaller aperture for insects. In practice exposure compensation still needs fiddling with as the cameras exposure meter is still only a guide to exposure. So far manual exposure with auto ISO seems to me to be increasingly workable.


A Quirk of Aperture (Three Photographs)

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Shooting with a cropped sensor (e.g. one that is one half the size of a full frame camera) has a few implications, one of which is that you need to think about apertures multiplied by the crop factor. This means that small sensors have greater depth of field at the stated aperture than a full frame camera would at the same aperture. Now if you look at the second and the third photograph, they were taken at F5.6 and F5.0 and the difference should be quite noticeable as it’s a full stop difference in full-frame terms. I hear someone say “why compare it to full frame if I am not using a full frame camera?” Because for close-up and macro photography you have the kind of flexibility that full frame cameras do not offer (and it’s a myth that you lose out on great out of focus backgrounds).


The Man with Two Hats (Two Photographs)

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This statue commemorates the liberation of Holland by Canadian troops in WWII. It stands on the edge of the park where the majority of the Annual Tulip Festival is held. Another copy of the statue is in Apeldorn in Holland. I am sure the statue is meant to symbolize the lasting friendship between Canada and the Netherlands but the plaque says nothing about the symbolism. However on a day becoming increasingly gloomy it reminded me of this quote by Lord Grey, UK Foreign Minister on the eve of WWI “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”


Eight By Ten (Two Photographs)

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There are standard dimensions for photos (e.g. 8 by 10) and then there are standard dimensions for frames (e.g. 8.5 by 11), for publications it depends. Then there is shooting in portrait mode – camera vertical – (which magazines and books sometimes prefer) or landscape mode – camera horizontal – (which in a publication may mean a two page spread). Some professionals shoot in Raw and JPEG and both portrait and landscape. Now the amateur is less likely to care about these nuances, unless they want to frame their photo. More importantly these decisions on dimensions and quality have an impact on the photograph, in first case because of the overall perception of the photo and in the second, the degree to which the photo can be edited. When it comes to RAW or JPEG I shoot RAW and I shoot in the mode that captures the subject as I see it. Dimensions concern me because they are important for this blog and for my online shop (see link above).


Disturbances (Three Photographs)

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I like it when things pop-out in my photos. When shooting tulips and other flowers I have had to worry about cats and other things popping out of the foliage. The last photo is another kind of disturbance altogether, more little shop of horrors than tulip festival.